Brakes & Brake Pads

Your car’s first line of defense against a number of unfortunate situations on the road.

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Never Wait Until Your Brakes Stop Working

As one of the most important components of your car, they’re responsible for more than just braking – they might save your life

As you drive your vehicle, it’s important to pay attention to the number of clear warning signs that may indicate you’ve developed a problem with your brake. If your brake pedal feels soft under your foot, if it makes a loud squealing sound, if it makes a grinding noise or if it pulls or vibrates in an unexpected way, you’re looking at a potentially dangerous situation that should be investigated as soon as you possibly can.

When Should I Get My Brakes Checked?

  • If the brake dashboard light turns yellow, you could be dealing with an anti-lock brake system (ABS) issue.
  • If the brake dashboard light turns read, you’re likely looking at a system imbalance issue.
  • If you have to press your brake pedal much harder than normal to slow your car, it’s time to check your brake fluid or pads.
  • Grinding or squeaking brakes, along with a car that vibrates when you brake, could be a sign of worn out pads or rotor damage.
  • If your car pulls to one side when your brakes, it’s likely that your brakes need to be properly adjusted. Likewise, your brake fluid and pads should be checked and replaced as necessary.

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At DeLand Nissan, we recommend that you always schedule a regular brake inspection by an experienced technician BEFORE any problems actually rear their ugly heads. Taking this type of proactive approach is the best way to help make sure small problems like worn pads, discs or leaking fluid don’t become much bigger, more expensive and potentially dangerous ones down the road.

If you are experiencing any of the previously mentioned symptoms, it’s imperative that you bring your car in for an inspection as soon as you can. Remember that just because you’re a careful driver doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself in a dangerous situation. If another driver makes a poor choice out on the road, you need time to react to it safely and without quality brakes, that might not be possible.

The Three Components of Car Brakes

Brake Pads
Brake pads depend on friction to work. Because of this, they eventually wear away over time. It gets a little bit harder to fully stop your car as time goes on and if your pads aren’t replaced before this happens, you could be looking at expensive repairs before you know it.
Brake Discs
Brake discs wear in a similar manner to brake pads, albeit in a much slower way. If your car vibrates while braking or if it’s difficult to come to a complete stop, you’re looking at a situation where you should call and schedule a replacement as soon as possible.
Brake Fluid
All car manufacturers have recommended intervals at which your brake fluid should be changed. If your brake fluid becomes contaminated with microscopic particles, seals and pistons may not work the way you need them to – leading to longer stopping distances as a result.

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